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Service

As part of a Catholic, Lasallian ministry, the service program at St. Joe's is directly influenced by the belief that service, faith, and justice are inextricably linked. Christian service is not just an accumulation of hours - but rather a process of preparation, action, and reflection. Through the service program, students will have the opportunity to develop new talents and commit to projects they are passionate about.

How to fulfill the service requirement:
  • All freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors will complete at least twenty hours of service annually. 
  • All service work must be completed at a single non-profit location.
    • No work will be accepted which involves family or neighbors.
  • All service work must be completed by the end of the second marking period, which is typically in early January. 
    • Service can begin in June and be completed over the summer, before the busy school year begins.
  • Freshmen and transfer students will receive printed forms in the mail during the summer.
    • Need another copy? Download the service completion form here.
  • Returning students should download the app, mobileserve.com, from the app store to access the completed service form.
 
Service sites:
A partial list of service sites at which St. Joe’s students are welcome can be found here.
Please note: this list is incomplete.  For example, no nursing homes are listed because the number is too great. Students should also listen to morning announcements for service opportunities which come up during the school year. For example, Solidarity with the Homeless, an overnight sleep out, is an annual event.
 
Lasallian Youth:
Lasallian Youth provides an opportunity for students to fulfill their twenty hour service requirement during the school year. Each Thursday at 2:40 pm, students from all grade levels gather in the Campus Ministry Office for prayer and are then transported to St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy in Buffalo where they prepare sandwiches and snacks for walk-in clients. This program begins each September.
 
Faith Service Community:
An outgrowth of our Lasallian heritage, Faith Service Community (FSC) is a formalized service learning society with a mission to touch the hearts and transform the minds of our students through a combination of faith, service, and education.
 
Working as volunteers locally or in out-of-state poverty-stricken areas, FSC members develop a greater understanding of the issues impacting these areas of poverty. In monthly meetings, students discuss their own person service experiences, the realities behind poverty, and the importance of living Gospel values in the service of others.